Posted by: fvbcdm | March 6, 2012

Feast of Saint Colette (6 Mar 2012)

On Monday of this week, we had at Mass a reading from the gospel according to Saint Luke in which Our Lord tells us to be merciful; to avoid being judgmental and condemning, but rather to be forgiving if we expect God to forgive us.

Then, to make his point very clear to the simple people to whom he is speaking, he promises: gifts will be given to you—a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.

Where did he get these figures of speech?  From his own experience of life in a small Palestinian village two thousand years ago. When he was a child, no doubt he would have gone to the local miller time and again with his mother to buy flour.  The bright little boy would have watched the miller take the flour from below the millstone and put it into a measuring basket.  When the basket was full, the miller who was an honest and generous man would pick it up and let it fall several times on his work table.  This process packed the flour down and made room for more.  Then, when the basket was totally filled and would take no more, the little boy would watch the miller pour the contents of the basket into a sort of apron which Our Lady wore around her waist.  She then went home and transferred her new supply of flour into a heavy stone jar that was always there in her kitchen, along with another stone jar for oil.  Olive oil and flour were two of the basics of the Palestinian diet, as they are to this day.

The little boy, Jesus, grew up and began the preaching of the gospel to the world.  And what did he talk about?  Millers measuring flour, fishermen lowering their nets into the Lake of Galilee, a woman lighting a lamp and sweeping her house to find a valuable coin that she has dropped and can’t find; and a shepherd going in search of a stray sheep and gently bringing it back to the sheepfold.  The beautiful simplicity and total clarity of our Lord’s preaching are a joy to read and to meditate upon.  How profound are the truths which are contained in such plain concepts, and yet no one has ever spoken as this man did!  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.




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